Drunk Tolkien 4: Mathematics and Gollum

We finally found time to get drunk together! Please join Caitlin, Rachel, and Emmy as we eat some brunch, drink some drinks, and listen to Gollum impressions, and answer twitter’s most ridiculous middle earth related questions, like “Why does Pippin always look up when he gets an apple?”

  • Math and alcohol and albatrosses. Obviously
  • Hobbit children are ent wives and we have the science to prove it.
  • Caitlin obviously meant Rangers of the SOUTH every single time she said Rangers of the NORTH
  • Richard Armitage should just play everyone, ever. Thank you.

A big thank you to the following folks for their Gollum impressions. We enjoyed each one immensely and laughed a lot.

Matthew from Eloquent Gushing

Alan from Hallowed Ground Media (He and Caitlin do a podcast together about the His Dark Materials series, you should check it out!)

Paul from Way Too Seriously and Clockworks Academy

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Episode 51: No One Likes Pit Pats

This week Caitlin, Rachel, and Emmy discuss Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2 Chapter 4, Journey in the Dark.

The Fellowship:

  • Gandalf – Has been to Moria before, wants to take the road through Moria
  • Aragorn – Has also been to Moria before, wanted to avoid it if at all possible
  • Gimli – Wants to go to Moria because Dwarf home!
  • Legolas – Really does not want to go to Moria, because he’s a woodland elf
  • Boromir – Thinks they should just go south on this side of the mountains
  • Sam, Merry, Pippin – Way too excited by the idea of going back to Rivendell
  • Frodo – Reluctantly agrees they must go to Moria, because they cannot turn back yet
  • Bill – The best pony, just along for the ride

Creatures:

  • Some super creepy wolves
  • A weird tentacle monster
  • And the sound of faint footsteps following behind our party…

 

Figures of legend:

  • Durin – father of the dwarves, founder of Khazad-dûm
  • Celebrimbor – grandson of Feanor, last in his line. He made a lot of cool things back in the day, including the three elvish rings, but… Sauron happened

The Journey

The Fellowship in full heads into Moria to make their way directly through the Misty Mountains, instead of taking a pass through the range. .

Follow the red line on this map.

Intro/outro music: The Forest and the Trees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 50: Don’t Blow Your Horn Early

This week we talk about Fellowship of the Ring Book 2, Chapter 3 The Ring Goes South. AND we do it in less than two months.

Characters

The Fellowship:

  • Frodo – The bearer of the ring, the only person obligated to go all the way to Mordor
  • Sam – Can’t leave his master behind, so of course he’s going
  • Merry – Yeah, they’d rather not go, but if Frodo has to, they they do too. Aw, friendship!
  • Pippin – “There must be someone with intelligence in the party”
  • Gandalf – The actual intelligent person who’s going along.
  • Legolas – The representative of elves, selected by Elrond
  • Gimli – The representative of dwarves, selected by Elrond
  • Aragorn – Representative of men, bearer of the reforged sword Anduril, going with.
  • Boromir – going along with the party until he and Aragorn will split off for Gondor
  • And Bill the pony! Who finally gets named…….. For the evil dude in Bree

Other characters:

  • Elrond – Lord of Rivendell, helps put together the party
  • Bilbo – Left to finish his book in Rivendell and hope he gets to see Frodo again
  • Brief appearance by Elladan and Elrohir, Elrond’s sons, who go out scouting the land
  • Caradhras – a mountain

The Journey

The Fellowship in full heads south from Rivendell, along the Misty Mountains, and tries to pass over them, but is turned back by the angry Caradhras.

Follow the red line on this map.

Intro/outro music: The Forest and the Trees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 49: The Longest Meeting of All Time

This week we discuss Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2 Chapter 2, The Council of Elrond.

Characters

  • Frodo – son of Drogo, the Ring Bearer
  • Samwise – a hobbit who sneaks into secret meetings
  • Bilbo – the Ring Finder
  • Gandalf – a wizard
  • Elrond – an elf who has lived through much of Middle Earth’s history
  • Aragorn – the heir isildur
  • Boromir – son of Denethor, the steward of Gondor
  • Legolas – son of Thranduil.
  • Gimli – son of Gloin
  • Gloin – a dwarf from Erebor
  • Dain – King under the mountain
  • Glorfindel – an elf who once leant Frodo his horse.

Other People We Get Brief Mention of But Don’t Really Matter:

  • Galdor – an elf from the Grey Havens
  • Erestor – an elf from Rivendell, advisor to Elrond.
  • Thranduil – the elf king in Mirkwood. I only mention him here because I believe this is the first time we hear his name.
  • Balin, Ori, Oin – dwarves from the Hobbit.
  • Gwaihir – lord of eagles
  • Shadowfax – HORSE LORD FROM THE DAWN OF TIME OR WHATEVER

 

No travel in this chapter! The party is at Rivendell.

Intro/outro music: The Forest and the Trees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 48: Magical Girl Glorfindel

This week we discuss Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 1, Many Meetings

Characters

  • Frodo – our main hobbit
  • Sam, Merry, and Pippin – friends of main hobbit
  • Surprise Bilbo! – The main hobbit from the previous book…the Hobbit.
  • Gandalf – a return of our missing wizard. Still cagey about where’s he been.
  • Aragorn/Strider/Dunadan – Strider collects more names
  • Gloin – a dwarf that we, and Frodo, recognize from Bilbo’s adventures
  • Elrond – A very powerful elf
  • Arwen – Elrond’s daughter
  • Glorfindel – a literal magical girl.

No travel in this chapter! The party is at Rivendell.

Intro/outro music: The Forest and the Trees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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